Kyrgyzstan biking 05
Activity: Bike tour
Duration of the tour: 10 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Tamchi village - Kochkor - Sarybulak - Jalpak pass - Dzhylangach river - Kichi-Naryn - Naryn town - Bishkek city
If you want to explore really wild places, we want to present you a biking tour that takes place in the mountains of celestial Kyrgyz Republic. It is an ideal opportunity to feel the nature, because you will ride your bike in places that are so distant from civilization. The way will be passing through untouched mountain gorges where it is still possible to meet genuine nomads. You will see yurts - nomadic felt dwellings, on the way. The owners of these mountain houses will invite you for a cup of tea or kymis (traditional Kyrgyz drink).
Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek
From the International Airport of Manas you will be collected by your guide and accompanied to Bishkek (the capital of Kyrgyz Republic). Drive from the Airport to Bishkek City takes half an hour. On arrival in Bishkek you will start the day with a nice breakfast. You will have a rest after accommodation in the hotel*** that is situated in the tranquil part of the city. Today an excursion to Natural Park Ala-Archa will be organized for you. Ala - Archa Park is situated 45 km. south Bishkek, in the Ala-Arch Gorge, on the Kyrgyz ridge (a spur of Tien-Shan). To have a nice view of this famous gorge you will go on the top of the mountain. Drive back to Bishkek. At 7 o'clock in the evening dinner will be served. Overnight is in the hotel***.
Today we will drive to Issyk Kul lake, via Keuk Ayrik pass. Lunch on the Keuk Ayrik pass. Then we will start biking down. Our driver will meet us in the Sary Oi village. Transfer to Tamchi village. Tamch is situated on the northern shore of the Issyk Kul Lake. This lake is the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608m. above sea level). The Lake is also called "the pearl of Central Asia". Thanks to the salty water, Lake Issyk Kul possesses curative qualities. Night in a guesthouse.
Day 3: Transfer Tamchi - Kochkor - Sarybulak
We start our trip by car in the morning. Our way passes via Orto Tokoi water reservoir to Kochkor village. You will meet a family in the Kochkor Village that shows you the way national felt carpets are created. During this felt show you even can create your own carpet together with them. In Kochkor Village you will also visit Kyrgyz museum of handicrafts. After that we will ride to Sary Bulak village (2310 m. alt., 38 km) by the asphalt road. Transfer (7 km, 2390m. alt.) by bike on dirt road to confluence of Biulioomiu and Kara-Kudjur Rivers. Night is in the tent camp.
Day 4: Ride by bike to the foot of Jalpak pass (58 km, 3345 m)
Today we are going to ride to the foot of Jalpak pass. It is an amazing place that will take you away. You will see many amazing mountain views along the whole way. This place is quite far from the civilization and you can enjoy its beauty to the full. The ride is of moderate difficulty on dirt road in satisfactory condition. Landscape in the gorge is similar to tundra. You will be surprised by the variety of mountains views on the way. Overnight in tents.
Day 5: Ride to the Jalpak Pass (3345m. alt.) - Dzhylangach River
You will ride to the high Jalpak Pass in the morning. Then we will descend down (25 km) to the Valley of Korumdu, following the way that leads to Kara Saz Region till the River of Dzhylangach (the confluence of Dzhylangach and Balgart Rivers that form the River of Kichi-Naryn). You will have a free time after lunch. From this place you could see the peaks of Kara-Kaman, Burkan and Archaly, which have glacial forms: flat slopes and smooth tops. The lower parts are hilly and covered with loose rock, especially along Balgart River left bank. In the gorge landscape is similar to tundra. Overnight stay is in the tent camp, at the altitude of 2648 meters above sea level.
Day 6: Ride (58 km) Dzhylangach - Kichi-Naryn
This day is easy one. You will cycle along the Rivers of Kichi-Naryn and Balgart. Cycling is on the dirt road. Near Kichi-Naryn River, in the forest, in tents you will spend this night. Since ancient times this place is popular among the nomads. Kyrgyz nomads are very hospitable and like to meet travelers. The Kyrgyz shepherds with all their relatives were coming to this area. Certain big tribes could comprise 1000 yurts and even more. As a big family, all of them were going from one place to another one with a great amount of cattle.
Day 7: Ride (63 km) Kichi-Naryn - Naryn Town
We will ride down to the Kichi-Naryn village (2351m. alt.) after breakfast. Easy day. The Village of Kichi - Naryn is situated 4 km from the confluence of Naryn and Kichi-Naryn Rivers. You will cycle to the town of Naryn (2050 m. alt.) along Naryn River. The road to Naryn will surprise you by its beauty and amazing mountains. The town is situated very close to the mountains, at the altitude of 2800 meters above the sea level. Naryn was built right along the gorge near the longest river in Kyrgyz Republic - Naryn; it is a long narrow town. The whole way passes along the incredible gorges and you will have many stops for taking photos. On the road we will take lunch. You spend this night in yurts, as nomads do. Yurt is nomadic collapsible abode that is made out of wood without using a single nail and felt.
Day 8: Transfer to Bishkek city
This morning we drive to Bishkek City. Through the views of untouched nature you will be carried away by the wonderful sceneries. On arrival in Bishkek you will have free time to go for shopping and just to walk. At 8 o'clock in the evening you will have a dinner in a restaurant. This night you will spend in the hotel***.
Day 9: Bishkek
This morning starts with guided city tour. This city tour concludes the visiting of many sights, such as: National Concert Hall, Ala-Too Central Square, the History Museum, Duboviy Park (Oak Park), The Museum of Fine Arts and Pobeda Square (Victory Square). Afterwards we will visit famous Osh bazaar. You will walk there and bargain for different goods. At 7 o'clock in the evening a farewell dinner will be served. Overnight stay is in the hotel***.
Day 10: Transfer to the airport
At the time arranged beforehand according to your flight details your guide will collect you from your hotel and accompany you to the Airport of Manas.